David O. Klein writes:
On Monday, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Advance Magazine Publishers, Inc., d/b/a Conde Nast (“Conde Nast”), alleging that the magazine publisher sells the personally identifiable information (“PII”) of its customers to third-party “data miners” in violation of Michigan State law. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Conde Nast has violated Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act (“VRPA”) prohibition against companies disclosing without permission any record or information concerning a Michigan customer’s purchase of written materials, if the record contains PII. According to the complaint, Conde Nast sold lists containing PII at a rate of approximately $180 per thousand subscribers. The complaint seeks to certify a class of all Michigan residents who had their PII disclosed to third parties by Conde Nast without consent.
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